Adaptive3d
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Tugce Uslu

Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

March 5, 2019

Thermoset 3D printing materials for production-scale manufacturing

Closed Series A funding round in February 2019; amount undisclosed; investors include DSM Venturing, Applied Ventures, and Chemence Develops 3D-printable photopolymer resins that do not require heating during printing; its current branded materials show better mechanical properties than most ... read more.
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Jessica Hernandez

Future Grid More...

March 5, 2019

Connected platform with proprietary microinverter for energy resource aggregation in virtual power plants

UGrid is developing a connected platform including hardware and software components aiming to enable aggregation of distributed energy resources (DERs) into virtual power plants (VPPs) Current focus is on hardware development of a proprietary microinverter, claiming that its current prototype has ... read more.
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Agshift 1
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Thomas Hayes

Digital Transformation More...

March 5, 2019

Optical imaging systems for food quality inspection

First-generation system "Hydra" requires manual loading of food samples in a 12" × 16" tray, takes about 55 seconds to complete optical imaging, and then requires an operator to accept or reject the lot based on results Leverages computer vision algorithms to analyze for quality parameters, such as ... read more.
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Jerrold Wang

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March 4, 2019

3D reinforced carbon fiber composites

The company was founded by three co-founders from Northeastern University in 2016 to develop carbon fiber composites for applications in aircraft, fan blades, and fuel-efficient vehicles. Since its founding, the company has received a $65,000 grant from the MassCEC Catalyst Program and $225,000 in ... read more.
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Biorelate
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Miraj Mainali

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March 4, 2019

Text-mining software for data curation

The company was founded by Daniel Jamieson (CEO) in 2014; the founder has technical expertise in biomedical sciences and big data but doesn't have prior entrepreneurship experience; the company currently has fewer than 20 employees. So far, the company has raised about $1 million via a seed round in... read more.
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Aifi
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Miraj Mainali

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March 4, 2019

Retail store automation

The company was started by Steve Gu (CEO) and Ying Zheng (CTO) in 2016; the founders have a strong technical background, as they worked in research and engineering departments of companies like Apple and Google, but neither of them has prior entrepreneurship experience; AiFi currently has fewer than... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

Agro Innovation More...

March 4, 2019

Processes grasses with mobile biorefinery for improved digestibility feed

The company was started by Johan Sanders in 2014 and is managed by a team of three: Peter van Paridon, Bram Koopmans, and Hans de Vries. So far, the company has raised about $250,000 from the Limburg Development and Investment Company and is a part of the EIP-Agri Biorefinery Glas project. Current ... read more.
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Joshua Haslun

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March 4, 2019

Develops bio-based coatings and treatments to control pests affecting surfaces and soil

The company was founded by research efforts at Wageningen University, and the current managing director is Herman Feil. To date, the company has raised about $50,000 from a seed round in 2017 as well as research funding through its partnership with the Biomulch project funded by EU Horizon 2020. The... read more.
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Christopher Robinson

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March 3, 2019

Advanced anodes for Li-ion batteries offering 10 times higher theoretical capacity than incumbent graphite, although significant technical barriers resulting in limited cycle life have thus far prevented mass production. Pure silicon anodes are unlikely to find success outside niche high-performance... read more.

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Josh Kern

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March 1, 2019

Home robot with autonomous navigation

Temi is a home robot that uses a sensor fusion approach typically found in autonomous vehicles to avoid obstacles and navigate through a user's home; the robot features 16 different sensors, including cliff sensors, depth cameras, and a 2D lidar The robot also includes other features, such as a 10-... read more.
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Energy Storage Market Size: 2019 Edition

Coverage Areas: Energy Storage More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

This report will quantify the growing market for energy storage, developing market forecasts to project the adoption of energy storage across transportation, consumer electronics, and stationary sectors.

Water Quality Monitoring: Why, How, and The Future

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

Due to the size and complexity of water and wastewater systems and the premium instrument costs, the water industry has struggled to automate water quality monitoring. Meanwhile, increasing concerns over public health and irregularly but inexorably tightening regulations put utilities under pressure to ensure safe drinking water and wastewater discharge. Potential to improve plant performance and uptime also encourage more active adoption of advanced sensors among industrial operators. This report shows the interesting use cases for different water quality sensors across the water space.

Water Infrastructure in the Developing World

Coverage Areas: Owning the Energy Transition More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The main opportunity for innovation in water infrastructure exists in developing countries, because they are not hampered by difficult-to-replace legacy infrastructure. This report looks into the developments and describes what technologies are actually being deployed, and why.

Energy Management in the Smart Home

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The smart home ecosystem includes different types of solutions and technologies with a number of purposes, such as enabling energy savings, increasing comfort and convenience, and ensuring safety and security in the home. This report intends to focus on the role of home energy management within the smart home ecosystem. The goal is to highlight available technologies and their current applications in the smart home and identify gaps, key challenges, and areas of opportunity.

The Digital Transformation of Industries

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

The digital transformation provides a launching point for digital-native companies to establish themselves in the physical industries. Incumbents need to anticipate how this change will impact their industry and act on the threats that they face. We create a framework for understanding the digital transformation of an industry, which identifies six core outcomes that digital transformation achieves in any application: uncover invisible insights, predict the future, optimize, upskill humans, make information accessible, and automate. We also discuss how digital use cases, tools, and outcomes are typically lateral across industries, and thus how learnings from one industry can translate to another.

The Digital Maturity Model

Coverage Areas: Digital Transformation

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

There is significant hype around digital transformation and companies are vying with each other to build connected products and processes. However, estimates indicate that more than 80% of digital transformation projects fail. One of the reasons these organizations fail is due to a significant mismatch between their digital capabilities and their digital goals. Companies need a framework to determine their current level of "digitalness" and what capabilities they need to add to get to the next level; in this manner, they can approach their digital transformation in a step-by-step manner thus enhancing their chances of success. In this report, we will present the Lux Digital Maturity Model which will clearly define the different levels of digital maturity in terms of various underlying parameters. In subsequent research, we plan to use this maturity model to benchmark the maturity of digital transformation in various sectors.

Thermal Management Materials Innovation Landscape

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

All types of electronic devices will need improved thermal management materials and systems. As chips improve their performance and more devices are packed into smaller areas, heat fluxes will increase, which will pose major cooling challenges. This report provides a landscape of material innovations, an overview of key players in the field, and our thoughts on future opportunities in thermal management materials.

State of Innovation in Asia-Pacific

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

As the dynamics of the global innovation ecosystem continues to shift with the rise of China, interest in Asia-Pacific has never been greater. While historical powerhouses, such as Japan and Korea, continue to innovate at their reputable rates, China's nationa initiatives as well as the flow of their capital into the surrounding areas - Southeast Asia and India - will likely spur the rise of new innovation ecosystems. In this report we take a look at the key hotspots for innovation, identifying the major players in the powerhouses, as well as finding hidden gems in the less thought about countries.

Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector: Power-to-Chemicals

Coverage Areas: Accelerating Materials Innovation More...

Planned Publication Date: August 2019

In our recently-published "Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector" report, we introduced electrochemical conversion as a key technology that will allow the chemical industry to decarbonize its operations by replacing fossil-based feedstock with low-carbon alternatives produced from renewable electricity. In this report, we will look at the cost of electrifying key industrial processes, including but not limited to methanol production and ammonia synthesis, as well as the regulatory framework support needed to support the adoption of electrochemical technologies in the industrial sector.

Industrial Power Symbiosis: Finding Cost-Effective Cases for On-Site Power Generation

Coverage Areas: Future Grid More...

Planned Publication Date: September 2019

When and how will industrial customers of electricity find it most cost-effective to source their own electricity from on-site generators? This report will match power generation technologies with the industries that can benefit from their use and secondary benefits, such as heat and hydrogen production.